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Mount Vernon, NY
Students enrolled: 293

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20 Fairway Ave
Mount Vernon, NY 10552

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(914) 665-5105
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February 08, 2015
This really is a great school in a sub par school district. Many academic issues are due to the district not the school. Truly wonderful teachers who care about the children. Don't pay attention to the reviews about the PTA - there are a group of women who are very involved, but without them we'd lose some of the great programs the school/PTA offers. With many working parents (myself included) you need people who care and are involved. Ask these reviewers instead if they ever volunteer.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2014
Very disappointed. The PTA - I'd heard the rumors, but the truth really IS that they are out of control. The same 5-10 people run it all and are NOT inclusive of anyone else. It's unfortunate that this "administration" has free reign and aren't held to any procedures and protocols. The principal just lets them run amok. Caution any parents who are thinking of this school - it really has lost some of the appeal over the last few years. Very disappointing. Robert's Rules of Order have no place here. Beware.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2014
My children love the school but I am not to happy with it and the PTA moms are ridiculous. They have there own cliques. The have fund raisers and bake sales and nobody knows exactly where the money really goes. They think they run the school because the principal gives them a lot of authority. The substitute teachers are abusive and when you tell the principal it's like talking to a wall. Nothing gets done. My child is in forth grade and I don't feel the work that is given is challenging enough and the teacher is always absent. I don't feel the children are learning. I can go on all day. It's sad. Things need to change.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2014
This school is a great school. Other parents need to realize that economics, implementation of a new curriculum, central office, and new demands are making all schools unfavorable. It's the reality of the world we live in. My son was in Mr. Constantinides fourth grade class this year and had a great year. He is a kind and caring teacher who really supports his students. His communications skills were excellent, and homework was even emailed home on a nightly basis. Pennington is a great choice of schools!!

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2014
My son is about to graduate at Pennington and I love it. The families are very involved and I really like the teacher he has. There is a great after school program and the diversity at Pennington is great.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2014
I rate this school as one of the prejudice and unfair school possible my kids attended this school but it is all about who you know and the cliques you belong in. I think that when the board of ed and the pta have a say on who attends this school it becomes unfair. I pay so much taxes and you are not allowed to choose the school you want your kids to attend. I choose to get out of this mount Vernon district. Too much politics and favoritism allowed here.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2013
Too many parent cliques have formed. Parents in that area want you to think Pennington is a wonderful school but there is no comparison to Lincoln nor Holmes. I removed my child from Pennington due to a teacher not giving challenging work. Principal was very defensive and didn't want to hear anything negative about the teacher. PTA was strong there. Residents complained about southside kids coming to their school (how horrific is that?) They should be glad they are coming because most of Fleetwood sends their children to private schools. So go figure.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2012
A lot about Pennington depends on which teacher you get each year. Usually one teacher is better than the other. That said I have not been happy with my childs teacher each year. Last year I requested a change and the principal refused. I then found out that new children to the district got put in the other class so there was room. In 5th grade I feel the other class learned much more and was much further ahead and prepared than the other class. In K and first grade there were 25 kids in each class in my sons grade. Next year in 6th grade there will be 14 kids in each class. Oops 13 in my sons class because we are tuitioning him in to a neighboring district we were that unhappy last year. Also most other districts move kids into middle school in 6th and we don't want him any futher behind. When the PTA had afterschool it was a great program that no longer exists. The school has gone downhill. Others say the principal is caring and involved. I found her to be defensive of her own position and teachers over the children's interests. While the PTA has always been involved there was a takeover last year and I feel it has become more a place for the popular moms than it once was.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2012
Pennington is an excellent school with very nurturing teachers. My first daughter graduated in 2009 and she had a wonderful time at the school. Ms Usini, Ms Castaldi, Ms Lucadamo they were very caring teachers. The principal is Mrs Marrow is very involved and knows all her students by name. It's a shame though that the Board of Ed would not allow the PTA to continue the very economical and wonderful afterschool program that they had. They used to have a very very wonderful music and arts program too but those have been cut due to the budget and the dishonesty that was happening in Mount Vernon.

- submitted by a parent

December 28, 2010
Pennington has changed since my children attended. It still serves the basic needs of the students, but its major failing is that there is not a school librarian. When the previous excellent librarian was cut due to budget concerns, the children lost the opportunity for in-depth research, projects relating to their studies, and time spent with meaningful literature. No matter the quality of staff or administration, Pennington cannot be rated as excellent without a librarian. The school library is the backbone that supports all areas of the curriculum. If you want a strong literacy program, you must have an good school library and a certified librarian to staff it.

- submitted by a community member

July 12, 2010
I think that Pennington is a school that has been way too much acknowledgement and credit. The school has been a long time discriminatory entity that only wants children with gifted abilities and parents of higher social economic backgrounds enrolled in the school. The PTA is very supportive of the children in the school. However, they are very demanding of things that are not always beneficial to each and every individual student. The school and the families that support it seek to isolate the school from any children that may require special needs and alternative settings. The school does do well academically according to state guideline but that is becasue they do not allow children that require special attention and those with learning abilities to remain in th school. As a former graduate of Penninton it is sad to say that Pennington is no longer what it used to be!

- submitted by a parent
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April 17, 2010
Pennington school is a wonderful academic institution. The teachers are top notch professionals, and the principal is very nice. Mr. Constantinedes has made my daughter's sixth grade experience a wonderful one. Thank you Pennington!Thank you Mr. C.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2009
Pennington Elementary is a wonderful, diverse, nurturing environment, and they have some of the best teachers I have ever encountered. The children who attend this school are, for the most part, well mannered and friendly, and the parents enjoy being part of the Pennington community and are very much involved. My daughter has enjoyed learning and making lifelong friends there. The PTA also runs an amazing (affordable) afterschool program for all grade levels. The program includes activities like theater, dance, cooking, sewing, sports, and so much more. My daughter has so many wonderful memories there. I love this school and so does my daughter. I am saddened that she will be graduating the 6th grade next year and will have to move on to another school. I am hard pressed to find a school that matches up to Pennington.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2008
Teacher's really worked well with my child. Mr. Constantinites was an excellent teacher. we will miss him!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2008
The school is above average for Mt. Vernon. Unfortunately as word spread of its achievements within the city it has now become overcrowded. The K-8 pilot has resulted in even more overcrowding. On top of that the school taxes are very high in Mt. Vernon and unfortunately we do not get what we pay for relative to other municipalities' school districts. As a result of the poor middle school and high school achievement test results, overcrowding at Pennington and very high taxes I have decided to move and enroll my 2 children in another school district. It is unfortunate but a sad reality as we love the neighborhood but our children's education comes first.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2008
Pennington and its educational community, from well-prepared teachers, a dedicated principal, an active PTA to the many involved parents, has provided so much to our children. By the numbers (test scores), Pennington Elementary School measures up, but it excels by providing a nurturing and challenging learning environment for students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 22, 2008
This school was a disappointment, on parental observation the staff was often insulting students. There are no signs of parental inclusion with discussing bullying of children that were singled out and labled by teachers. We hope they can overcome these reputations that we beleived could not be true but are regretful of our family's experience there.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2006
I am a parent of a child in kindergarten and a child in third grade. My children and I have had nothing the best of experiences at Pennington. The staff, parents and students are like one extended family. I am a very involved parent and anything that the PTA or parent wants to do in the school, has to be okayed by the principal. I am very happy with the principal, she is very compassionate when she needs to be and very fair in her disciplining. The children look up to her. I feel parent involvement is key to your children having a great experience. Pennington has a great music department and after school program. I feel it is a privilege for my children to be attending such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2006
I'm surprised by the review I recently read about Pennington School. The school is not run by the teachers and PTA,but by a wonderful principal who is very fair and will listen before making any decision. My child was a graduate and I found the staff and administration to be more than nurturing. She had a wonderful experience while at Pennington. Not only do they get a wonderful well rounded education, but are treated by the administration and staff as if it is their own child. Parents should make an effort to get involved in their child's education. The PTA After School Program is a continuation of the school day with a excellent variety of classes. Many graduates return to the school to visit and reminisce about their experiences at Pennington. If the school is not nurturing, how come everyone wants their child to attend?

- submitted by a student

September 21, 2006
Not very nurturing, If the student is a 'good student' they make through, but if they need 'that extra help' and nurturing they will fall through the cracks... The Principle is fairly new and lets the teachers and PTA dictate the running of the school, in order not to make waves. The teachers tend to be tenure and are not very interested in giving 'that extra' to student that really need it.

- submitted by a parent

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Pennington School
20 Fairway Ave, Mount Vernon, NY  10552
(914) 665-5105
Last modified Pennington School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pennington School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top